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We Install Gas Logs & Fireplaces

Part of our job here at The Cozy Flame is to help our customers bring life and warmth to their homes with safe and efficient products. A staff favorite is the gas log sets as well as gas fireplaces. These units are highly efficient, great for a quick upgrade, and can fit in nearly any space. When you’re looking to add fire to your home this fall, look to The Cozy Flame for the best products and services.

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Why Choose Gas?

Gas fireplaces and log sets are growing in popularity because of the safety and efficiency the units offer. They are easy to install, cost-efficient, hassle-free, and require far less maintenance than other fire units that burn pellets, wood, or oil.

Convenience

Gas fires are convenient. There is no wood to cut, store, carry, or light. Your gas unit will ignite at the press of a button—even by remote! Gas units also have precise temperature control and immediate shut-off. With more control over the flame, these fireplaces are safer for homes with small children and guests.

Versatile Installation

Gas units are easy to install in any space. Because of the variety in sizes and heat capacity, they are even being used in the hospitality industry, creating ambiance in hotel rooms and inns. Some gas units don’t even need to be vented, so homeowners have the freedom to create a hearth anywhere in the home! The technicians we trust with our products are certified professionals and can construct a fireplace anywhere in your home.

Environmentally-Friendly

Gas fireplaces and log sets are environmentally friendly. Natural gas is the cleanest burning fuel, producing and using all the heat from the fire and leaving almost no soot in the flue. Unlike wood fires, gas fires don’t produce any creosote, requiring less maintenance throughout the year.

Our Top Fireplace Brands

The brands we trust are some of the best on the market. This is important to our company and our mission to warm your world inside and out. Because safety and efficiency is our top priority, we sell and install Regency brand fireplaces and Superior brand fireplaces. These brands come in a variety of sizes and styles. When you work with our team to complete a project, we can match you with the exact unit that will complement your home and your personality.

If you stop by our showroom you can see these units in action. Whether your style is contemporary and sleek, rustic and traditional, or you don’t even know what your style is, we can help.

Gas Log Sets at The Cozy Flame

For the most realistic and beautiful flames, we bring Hargrove Premium Products to our customers in and around Milford, Connecticut. Whether it’s a vent-free or vented gas log set you’re after, we have a Hargrove log set for you. These products have intricate details that bring life to the ceramic logs. Many of them are removable for light cleaning and dusting. Ask a Comfort Consultant at our showroom to show you a log set that is breathtaking and realistic.

Gas products can be a wonderful addition to any home. It’s important to have them installed by a professional to avoid problems with gas fires. Call 203-283-4459 or stop by today.

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Wood, Gas, or Pellet? Which is the Fuel for You?

When it comes to fireplace fuel, it’s not about which fuel is best, but which is best for you. Many homeowners prefer one fuel over others due to accessibility, cost, and convenience. We certainly have our favorites, but it’s our goal to match you with the best possible product for your home, your family, and your specific needs. The industry and market have reached a place where it truly comes down to the fuel. You can have a fireplace or stove of any style and efficiency—but will it be a wood, gas, or pellet unit?

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Wood Fires

Wood-burning units are still a favorite among homeowners because of the beautiful flame and high heat output the fireplaces, stoves, and inserts offer. Homeowners with wooded property can cut and store their own firewood. Those with less accessibility may need to purchase their firewood from a local supplier. This can become a hassle and is the reason why many homeowners end up converting to pellet or gas fire units. Also, although wood-burning units are more efficient than ever, wood fires still burn less efficiently than gas or pellet fires. They add more pollution to the environment, require more chimney maintenance, and require more work in general lighting fires, disposing of ash, and finding properly seasoned firewood.

Pellet Fires

For the homeowners who love the look and feel of wood fires, the pellet fireplace may be right for you. Pellets are made of recycled wood products and burn efficiently and completely. Pellet units are high-efficiency units and more convenient than wood-burning units because you don’t have to mess with kindling and matches to light. Pellet stoves and fireplaces have an ignitor that immediately lights the pellets, then the fire is continuously fed by a hopper filled with pellets. This allows for all the heat of a wood fire, but with the convenient light and consistent temperature of a gas fire. Because pellets are made of organic materials, they still produce soot and creosote which will need to be cleaned from the chimney periodically. However, pellets burn more completely than wood, and you’ll never have to wonder if the pellets are properly seasoned.

Gas Fires

The most efficient fuel type for fireplaces, inserts, and stoves is natural gas. Gas offers freedom to the homeowner not possible with other fuel types. Your gas unit can be installed anywhere, depending on the type and ventilation requirements. It burns cleanly and requires the least maintenance of any fuel type or product. Gas units can be used in small spaces like hotels, condos, apartments, and bedrooms. They can be open flames or completely closed units that use blowers and radiant heat to heat the space in your home. Gas fireplaces and stoves are ideal for zone heating and may not be best as a primary heat source. There aren’t a lot of reasons to choose wood or pellets over gas, though they can result in some issues, especially when installed incorrectly.

If you’re ready to choose a new fire unit for you home, stop in so that a Comfort Consultant can help you decide which is best for you. Stop in at 116-Q Research Dr today.

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Feng Shui Fireplace Design

When you begin to dream of your home makeover projects for spring, you can’t overlook your fireplace. No matter what room your fireplace is in, it will be the focal point of the room. Your fireplace should be designed to compliment the room. Before designing your room around your fireplace or your fireplace around your room, you should consider what you want most in your new home design and fireplace facelift.

Purpose

What is the purpose of the room and the fireplace? Is the fireplace primarily for home heating, or is it for beauty and entertaining? You should decide between a traditional open fireplace or gas log set.

Cost

It will cost you some money to make changes to your home and fireplace, any changes. If you make a change to your fireplace your system will need a level 2 inspection before use to determine if it’s sound and ready to go.

Also, any updates to the fireplace or hearth itself will cost you, but you can offset the cost by choosing an efficient fireplace, insert, or stove. Many of the new technologies on the market today allow for the most efficient heat appliances. Highly efficient products save you in utilities, in fuel, and in maintenance and repairs.

Design

If you’re looking to Feng Shui your fireplace design, you’ll most likely want a contemporary look that can either accentuate the rest of your decor, or remain unassuming. Choose a new hearth, a complete fireplace insert, or even a custom door to add the necessary changes to complete your dream fireplace. Did you know that many fireplace faces have a variety of style and color options. Custom glass doors come in a variety of styles as well.

Color

An important element of Feng Shui is color. Find out what the colors of your room tell you? You can help Feng Shui your room by starting with your fireplace! By adding minute color elements to your fireplace, you can reach the affect desired in no time.

Calling the Professionals

Not sure where to start? When you call the fireplace experts at The Cozy Flame, you gain access to a variety of professionals with the training and experience to make your fireplace dreams come true. You can visit our Facebook photo gallery to see what Feng Shui options are right for you.

Call The Cozy Flame at 203-283-4459 or contact us online to start your fireplace make over today.

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Gas Fireplace Basics

Gas fireplaces continue to be extremely popular heat sources because of their ease of use, minor upkeep, and low cost to operate. And while most gas fireplaces will remain worry-free heating appliances for years to come, it is important for homeowners to understand the basics of gas fireplace maintenance.

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Cleaning your gas fireplace

While you may not need to shovel out ashes and soot after every use, gas fireplaces still need to be cleaned regularly. To prevent buildup around the components of the fireplace, gas fireplaces should be cleaned one to two times per year depending on use.

Cleaning the outside and inside of your gas fireplace is easy; however, there are still safety precautions to consider before cleaning your gas fireplace. First, make sure the gas has been completely turned off. Next, the fireplace should never be cleaned immediately after use; wait to clean until all the fireplace components are cool to the touch.

Exterior glass and metal panels can be wiped down using a damp cloth or glass cleaner daily to remove dust, smudges, or smears. Interior fireplace components can be gently cleaned using a clean, dry cloth or a clean soft-bristled paintbrush. When cleaning interior fireplace components, take care to ensure that no gas lines or valves are shifted, as even moving them a few millimeters can impact fireplace performance. Lastly, only specialized gas fireplace cleaners should be used on interior components; traditional cleaners can damage the fireplace or leave behind flammable residue.

Flue and vent maintenance

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that their gas fireplace still needs to have its chimney swept! However, flue and vent maintenance are an important part of keeping your gas fireplace operating safely and efficiently.

Similar to their wood-burning counterparts, gas fireplaces should have annual chimney sweepings and inspections; instead of removing soot and creosote, technicians will look for signs of acid erosion in the flue. This regular maintenance ensures that the fireplace is operating safely and efficiently and that there are no venting issues with the fireplace.

Common gas fireplace issues

One of the most common gas fireplace issues is incomplete combustion. Incomplete combustion typically occurs when a flue is improperly sized for its fireplace unit or the fireplace does not vent properly. When caused by an improperly sized flue, incomplete combustion can also cause water buildup in the flue; this moisture can have a corrosive effect on the flue lining and cause significant deterioration.

Venting problems can cause gasses or smoke to back up into your home. Because of this, it is important to call a certified chimney professional if you experience any of the following signs of venting problems:

  • Damp patches on interior walls or exterior walls
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Blistered paint
  • Stains on the ceiling around the chimney
  • White stains on exterior masonry
  • Eroded mortar joints
  •  Crumbling bricks

Gas fireplaces are safe and efficient heating appliances for your home; while they may be easier to use then wood burning appliances, they still require regular maintenance to work their best. If you have questions about adding an efficient gas fireplace to your home, contact The Cozy Flame today!

The Best Backup Heating Source Choices

While snow and ice may create a winter wonderland outside, it can also wreak havoc on power lines. Because of this, severe winter storms are known for knocking out electricity – sometimes for days at a time. This gives families the difficult task of keeping their family’s warm when the power is out.

The easiest way to make sure your family will stay warm during a power outage is by using a backup heating source. While there are many different supplemental heat sources, some are better designed for use during a power outage than others.

The three best backup heating options

There are three heating appliances that give you the best chance of staying warm when the power goes out: wood inserts, wood stoves, and gas stoves.

Wood inserts: Wood inserts allow homeowners to enjoy the warm and ambiance of a crackling wood fire – without the extreme inefficiency and heat loss. Wood inserts can be installed on their own or into an existing hearth, making them an ideal choice for wood fireplace owners who want a more efficient heating appliance. The best backup heating source choices - Milford CT - The cozy flame

Wood stoves: Wood stoves aren’t just for log cabins – these stylish and efficient appliances can effectively heat a single room or an entire home. Available in a variety of sizes and styles, stoves can keep your home cozy and warm as long as there is firewood in the house.

Gas stoves: Gas stoves combine the heat output of a wood stove with the ease of use of a gas fireplace. This allows users to enjoy a roaring fire at the touch of the button as well as avoid going out into the cold or snow in search of more firewood in the middle of the night. In addition, many gas stoves are installed as direct vent appliances; this venting style is considered to be the safest in the industry and greatly reduces the chances of dangerous gasses such as carbon monoxide backing up in a home.

Three heat sources that won’t keep you warm in a power outage

Not all fireplaces or heating appliances are created equal, and some require electricity or do not burn efficiently enough to work well as an alternative heating source. The following are three heat sources that aren’t effective during a power outage.

Pellet stoves: While pellet stoves are extremely efficient and can create enough heat to warm an entire home, they also require electricity to operate. Unless you have a small supplemental generator, a pellet stove cannot operate when the power is off.

Gas fireplaces: Small gas fireplaces (not gas inserts) are usually designed to be more decorative than serve as an actual heat source. Because of this, they may not even generate enough heat to effectively heat the room they are in.

Open wood fireplaces: Traditional open wood or open hearth fireplaces might create roaring fires, but are extremely inefficient; open hearth fireplaces are about 10% efficient (at best), meaning that more than 90% of your heat is going straight up the chimney.

When the power goes out, make sure your family isn’t left out in the cold. Contact The Cozy Flame today to learn more about the best backup heating options for your home and family.

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